|I bet its pretty clear who chose to do what pumpkin.|
|Mike in cooler, happier times. My fingers get all crampy just thinking about it.|
|Last year's faumpkins for an NFL house divided. |
At least one of these pumpkins isn't dying from embarrassment this season.
|Then head to your local craft store (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.) and look for fake pumpkins in the seasonal area. Grab however many you need! They usually come in standard orange, white, and black.|
The only downside about the fake pumpkins is that they can be kind of pricey, around 25 bucks. This why I get them from HobLob, because they are 40 percent off. Well, I also have to get them from HobLob because Michaels does not exist out here, unfortunately. Once you've gathered all your paint and pumpkins, get yourself set up outside. Naturally, the weather went to complete shit when I wanted to do these, so we had to work quickly and bring the pumpkins in to the laundry room to dry.
|Look, I got me a handsome model to help with the step-by-step photos!|
Spray your faumpkin with a base coat of spray paint. Allow it to dry for about a half an hour before hitting it with a final coat. On a nice, sunshiny day, you could leave them outside to dry even quicker between coats. Thanks, Clovis. While drying, create a template for your pumpkin. I simply Googled "Mike Wazowski pumpkin template" and "Grim Reaper pumpkin template" and printed out what I found on sturdy card stock after working my MSPaint mojo and resizing the templates to fit properly on the pumpkins. Yes, MSPaint mojo is a real thing. No, I cannot tell you why I'm too cheap to buy a better image editing software. Anywho... If you have to spray paint an accent color instead of using the paint pens, the card stock will keep the paint from soaking through to the rest of the pumpkin while you use it as a stencil/guide.
|Yeah, my printer stopped working halfway through the reaper, so I had to freehand.|
|I simply traced around his ojo and drew in a pupil and an iris.|
|"Put that thing back where it came from, or so help me!"|
|Now we get to practice coloring inside the lines. |
Something I have always failed at miserably. Damn these dysfunctional hands!
|Derek decided it would be easier to trace the reaper and color him in with my giant Sharpie. |
Think markers for three year olds, just toxic.
|How ghastly! He has more artistic talent when it comes to drawing than me |
because he has real, working hands. Lucky.
|Derek's reaper was outlined in black, and his scythe colored in silver.|
|Once he colored in the reaper, he used the silver paint pent to add a creepy moon, stars, and tombstones. |
At this point, I think he was finally enjoying himself. At least I only make him do arts and crafts time once a year.
|In my own way, I did start working from outside to inside. |
Just in a fashion more befitting a scatterbrained chicken.
|I used the paint pen to color in Mike's white (he only has the one),|
and only dripped paint all over him, me, and my redone kitchen table once! Progress, y'all!
|While letting his eye dry, I drew in his horns and colored in his teeth. No drips this time. Little victories.|
|I then took my industrial-sized Sharpie to color in his pupil. Still, just has the one.|
|I finished up by coloring in his baby blue (just the one), and painting in his horns before outlining everything last. |
Unconventional, but it worked!
Each year I add to our Halloween decoration collection. This year I finally had the wherewithal to film all our decorations at dusk (see above). From our Batcave (where I park my Batmobile) to our Murder House windows to our graveyard and swirling vortex of doom, we are really ready for Halloween! Minus the fact that I abhor children and make Derek answer the door. Last year I had to do candy by myself as he was deployed. After one hour and a possible brain aneurism from listening to high-pitched child noises, I quit, turned off all the lights, and ate a bunch of candy in bed. It ended up being a really great night. Back to Halloween treats next week. 'Til next time, my fellow eaters!